Every country has areas with either hard water or soft water. The difference between the two is that soft water mainly contains sodium, whereas hard water contains a considerable amount of dissolved minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. Many people prefer to drink hard water because it contains essential minerals and because soft water has a salty taste.
If you live in an area with hard water, you probably know how difficult it can be to remove limescale: the white, crusty layer you see around taps, bathtubs, in toilets, on appliances, etc. This layer is due to the deposits of alkaline minerals left by hard water. Over time, limescale builds up and leaves unsightly stains. If this isn’t removed as quickly as possible, limescale deposits can cause the chrome to peel off from taps and cause small appliances, such as coffee makers and kettles to become less efficient. So, here are 8 cleaning tips to help you remove limescale in your home.
1. Remove Limescale from Your Toilet
Pour a generous amount of vinegar into the toilet bowl and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. If there is severe limescale build-up, you can leave it overnight. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar so you can spray it under the rim of the toilet bowl as well. Use a toilet brush to brush away the limescale once it has softened. Flush a few times to make sure everything is clean. For ceramic toilets, try removing heavy deposits of limescale by gently scrubbing the area with an old toothbrush. You can also use a pumice stone to gently scrub away very hard or hardened limescale.
Curious about other ways to get rid of limescale in your shower, kitchen, sink, toilets, etc? You will find it on the next page, so keep reading!